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[trans-gresh-uh n, tranz-] /trænsˈgrɛʃ ən, trænz-/
an act of transgressing; violation of a law, command, etc.; sin.
Origin of transgression
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin trānsgressiōn- (stem of trānsgressiō) a stepping across. See transgress, -ion
Related forms
nontransgression, noun
See breach. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for transgression
  • Forgive me for my transgression and challenge my reasoning instead.
  • He admitted to his transgression and his only reaction was one of apology.
  • The transgression was not the complaint that the award had been given to the wrong writer.
  • Remarkably, these souls are sometimes awakened to a higher purpose by some inadvertent transgression.
  • And each transgression is punished with a verve and thoroughness that would do a slasher proud.
  • To dwell on it can be as much a transgression as taking leave of it.
  • As with any large group of soldiers, there has been the occasional transgression.
  • The only transgression mentioned was negligence, which cannot be the basis for a private claim.
  • The transgression was forgiven and an important lesson was learned.
  • She was a celebrant of transgression, but there was nothing transgressive about her writing.
British Dictionary definitions for transgression


a breach of a law, etc; sin or crime
the act or an instance of transgressing
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Word Origin and History for transgression

late 14c., from Old French transgression (12c.), from Late Latin transgressionem (nominative transgressio) "a transgression of the law," in classical Latin, "a going over," from transgressus, past participle of transgredi "go beyond," from trans- "across" (see trans-) + gradi (past participle gressus) "to walk, go" (see grade).

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transgression in Science
A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time. Compare regression.
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